Archive:Journal of the Architectural, Archaeological, and Historic Society for the County and the City of Chester, and North Wales
Source: Chester Archaeological Society, Journal of the Architectural, Archaeological, and Historic Society for the County and the City of Chester, and North Wales, Volume XVII (Chester: Chester Archaeological Society, 1910), p. 50.
Cholmondeley Salmon, son and heir of William Salmon, of Coole, born in March 1600, and Elizabeth Whitney, one of the daughters of Hugh Whitney, of Coole, gent., baptized at Wrenbury on 30 January, 1605[-6], were married at Wrenbury Church on 4 July, 1610,43 the bridegroom being ten, and the bride under five years of age. There had been no proclamation of banns, and therefore it was necessary to obtain from the Consistory Court at Chester a marriage licence bond, which was granted on 7 July, 1610, the bondsman (who certified as to the consent of the parents) being Thomas Chester, of Coole-lane.44
When the bride was in her sixth year, her father, Hugh Whitney, died;45 and the widow, Elizabeth Whitney, was left with the care of a large and young family; her eldest son, Hugh Whitney, being under age, became a ward of the Crown for ten years.
More than five years passed; and on 21 January, 1616[-17], a second license bond for the same persons to be re-married, the bondsman being Robert Sproston, of Chester, feltmaker, was sanctioned by the Chancellor of Chester and addressed to Mr. [Revd.] William Prince, Clerk, curate of Wrenbury, who, on the following day solemnized the marriage at Wrenbury church, and specially marked the entry of the wedding in the margin of the register with a vesica;46 the bridegroom being under 17, and the bride 11 years old.
Six months after this event, namely, on 25 July, 1617, William Salmon, the father of Cholmondeley Salmon, died; but for some reason his inquisitio post mortem was not taken until more than four years after; and, in consequence, Cholmondeley Salmon escaped...
43 Wrenbury Parish Register.
44 Chester Marriage Licenses, Record Society, Vol 53, p. 82.
45 "Hugh Whitnay virili aetate, gener[osus] sepult[us] 11 March 1610[-11]." (Wrenbury Burial Register).
46 Wrenbury Parish Register.
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